Sleep problems can include children or young people not settling to sleep or waking early or often throughout the night. They might be very noisy or distressed, and sometimes cannot be left unattended. Often parents/carer(s) have to sleep in shifts for months or years and sleep deprivation can have a devastating effect on the whole household.
How can we help?
All of our Learning Disability Nurses are trained Sleep Scotland Sleep Counsellors, and run sleep clinics at locations across Devon. Providing advice and support to families to use specially adapted behavioural and cognitive techniques which are known to effectively treat sleep problems. At the clinics, families are introduced to various techniques including behavioural modification, sleep history and keeping a sleep diary. These tools are used during clinics to look at existing sleep problems and to help us support an improvement in sleep patterns.
If you are referred to us to support with a sleep problem, we will send sleep diaries and basic sleep hygiene information to you before your first appointment or you can download the information yourself below.
Guidance and helpful information
If you have a child with learning disabilities and need support with their sleep behaviour please ask a health care professional to request a sleep assessment from Integrated Children’s Services.
Please also check out our ‘useful links’ on this page for help and advice on helping your child while you wait for an appointment. When you are referred to us it would be very helpful if you could complete the documentation you are sent while you are waiting as the information you collect will help us to assess the best way to support you. This may include behaviour and sleep diaries as well as other information.
Toolkits and Strategies
The following toolkits are available to support you to record behaviours, sleep patterns and other information which will be useful in assessing what the support a child or young person requires:
What happens next?
All requests for service are prioritised according to need and urgency, based on the information provided to us when the request is made. The urgency is defined by the service in discussion with the person who made the request for service and the child or young person’s family.
We aim to see all children and young people within 18 weeks of accepting the request for service. We will try, wherever possible, to start the assessment process prior to the first clinic appointment by asking parents/carer(s) or the child or young person to begin to record behaviours, sleep patterns and feelings where this is appropriate. This information will help inform our assessment.
You can now self-refer your child into this service. For more information please view this guide on how to self refer.
For details of what the service supports and what supporting documentation you require for your referral, please view the request criteria page.